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9th Annual Orange County Market Place Easter Festival

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A treasure hunt for plastic eggs filled with treats and gourmet food trucks offering items such as Easter Egg Hamburgers , Grilled Cheese Scrambled Egg Sandwiches, specialty coffee drinks and strawberries on a stick are on the menu for the 9th Annual Easter Festival and Food Truck Brunch on Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Orange County Market Place, the weekend swap meet at the OC Fair & Event Center, Costa Mesa.

The Treasure Hunt, which is free and runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., includes several vendors offering candy and prizes while designated Market Place food concessions will be sites for retrieving plastic eggs filled with goodies, with ten of them stuffed with a golden ticket. Recipients of the golden ticket receive a giant Easter basket. In addition, the first 500 kids in line for the treasure hunt will receive a free Easter bunny plush toy and a variety of local attraction tickets.

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Children are encouraged to bring their Easter baskets for the treasure hunt, however free hunt bags will also be on hand if needed, along with a map to help guide the golden ticket seekers through the Market Place.

The Food Truck Easter Brunch from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. features eight trucks including Crepes Bonaparte, the Grilled Cheese Truck, Baby’s Badass Burgers, Falasophy, Dogzilla, the Burnt Truck, Stick-A-Berry and Frijolito’s Mobile Coffee. They will have special Easter bill of fare including some specialty egg offerings along with their regular menu items.

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The ever-popular Easter bunny will be hopping by from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. handing out treats and offering free photo opportunities with your camera. There will also be instant prints to purchase.

Other activities, all free, include face painting and the Springtime Puppet Parade Show presented by Franklin Haynes Marionettes at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the main stage.

The Easter Festival is held in conjunction with the regular swap meet activities which operate from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission to the Orange County Market Place is free for ages 12 and under, and $2 for ages 13 years and above. Free parking is available as well as preferred parking for $7. More information may be obtained at www.ocmarketplace.com or by calling 949-723-6660.

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